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    Default Re: How bad is the flight, and cost for tickets for accompanying family?

    Yeah; I have once upon returning from a vacation to the Philippines. You almost certainly won't be when arriving for the first time with a bunch of JETs. If you're bringing anything that would get you arrested (drugs, pornography, weapons, etc.), then you're probably stupid enough to completely screw yourself eventually whether Customs catches you or not.
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    Default Re: How bad is the flight, and cost for tickets for accompanying family?

    Obviously I haven't done any JET related traveling, but I've gone to Japan twice before (one for a vacation with friends and once with a small study abroad group) and I think the only issue I ever saw with customs was some girl got her fancy Japanese letter opener taken away or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haitch40 View Post
    One thing I might have an issue with though is the fact I have never been on a plane for more than 3 hours. I may end up wanting to die after being sat in cramped seats so long.
    Put your head phones on and start watching movies. If the airline you use is like Air Canada, you'll have dozens of movies and dozens of tv shows from which to choose.

    You can also sleep, but I personally try to stay awake throughout the flight so I can get to sleep at the normal time when I arrive.

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    Just be sure to get up and walk around every once in a while. And get a bottle of water for the flight once you get past security. Most airlines I've flown other than ANA or, surprisingly, Delta are bad about not bringing the drink cart around enough to keep hydrated. At least I find it annoying to get up and get a tiny cup of water from the galley all the time.

    Never been stopped in Japan customs before, but I've had issues in the US twice, both at Dallas-Fort Worth. The first time was when I brought my flute back from the US, and my suitcase got held up by the TSA and came to Japan on a later flight. The second time, I got randomly selected for a screening and had to open my suitcase and let the dude check it. He almost confiscated my block of curry roux since there were pictures of vegetables and meat on the box. I normally don't bother declaring shit like that since it doesn't contain anything illegal, but I should have written it on the form, according to the TSA dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coop52 View Post
    Just be sure to get up and walk around every once in a while. And get a bottle of water for the flight once you get past security. Most airlines I've flown other than ANA or, surprisingly, Delta are bad about not bringing the drink cart around enough to keep hydrated. At least I find it annoying to get up and get a tiny cup of water from the galley all the time.

    I normally don't bother declaring shit like that since it doesn't contain anything illegal, but I should have written it on the form, according to the TSA dude.
    If the TSA selects your flight for jetway screening, they confiscate pretty much all liquids over 3 oz - which has left my dehydrated once or twice. A mask (Japanese style points yo) can help if you get really bad cottonmouth from the super dry airliner air too.

    I love ANA cause they have the flight attendants coming around every 45 minutes or so with a pitcher of whatever. Although once I got up to stretch my legs - and look out the little door window while waiting for the toilet and the flight attendant actually spoke to me - which for some reason weirded me out. (On the other hand, we were flying around a typhoon - and you could see the eye which was pretty cool.)

    Always list anything food related if you want to keep it. If they find it, the least that happens is that they confiscate it. The worst that happens is you get in hot water legally. Although going into Japan always seems easier than going into the States as far as customs is concerned. I've brought back a bunch of stuff like Japanese pepper, at as long as it was declared and not whole peppercorns, it was just a quick 'Q: Is it whole or powdered? A: It's powdered.' and get waved through. Although I've heard horror stories about people bringing over $10k through as well and being pulled aside by Customs and DHS...

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    Quote Originally Posted by webstaa View Post
    Although I've heard horror stories about people bringing over $10k through as well and being pulled aside by Customs and DHS...
    Gotta declare physical cash $10k or more. Its one of those "hey you probably are a drug trafficker" signs. Thought that was a well enough known thing, but it does happen a lot especially with older folks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valkerion View Post
    Gotta declare physical cash $10k or more. Its one of those "hey you probably are a drug trafficker" signs. Thought that was a well enough known thing, but it does happen a lot especially with older folks.
    Case in point: My friend's grandfather. It also didn't help that he was coming in from Iran. The legal fiasco that ensued was atrocious. 0/10 would not recommend.

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